12 years in the planning. When school started for my pudgy, stringy-haired, academic loving youngest, "the end" was a mere acknowledgement, nothing more.
Now, here we stand, 7 months from G-day (Graduation) and I can't help but marvel at the speed with which life runs in the midst of "blinking".
It is bitter sweet. Truly. I have watched so many moms suffer deep heartbreak when that last one collected their diploma and stepped over the threshold of academia into the great beyond of LIFE.
A new start.
An aching heart.
I determined, early-on, to try a different approach; pouring into my children while also allowing God to pour alternate purpose into me. I can't promise the transition will sail perfectly after "the end" but I can admit I am growing more and more excited for this new START.
It will be a start for my daughter, my fourth, my youngest. Adventuring out into life and all the possibilities it holds.
It will be a start for me as I explore life, for the first time in 25 years, without educating kids and worrying over their rearing at its center. I've had glimpses of this pending start, mixed with potential good and hard... I believe, as long as the Lord's hand is guiding the days of this new fresh start on the future, good will persist to encourage me along it's crisp path.
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